The CQC is issuing threats of criminal prosecution or £4,000 fines to practices who fail to provide up-to-date details of their ‘registered manager’.
A template letter, which has been circulated to LMCs to pass on to their practices, warns that the CQC ‘have grounds to suspect you have committed a criminal offence’ by ‘failing to comply with the conditions of your registration’.
These conditions include ensuring that regulated activities – including ‘treatment of disease, disorder and injury’ – is ‘managed by an individual who is registered as a manager in respect of that activity’.
The BMA’s GP committee condemned the ‘extremely threatening’ letters and said it was regrettable that CQC had decided to send them to practices as a first notice.
Local GP leaders have warned that CQC is currently focussing its attention on the ‘Central’ England region but that practices in the rest of the country should take note and ensure their details are current and correct.
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